However, after continued negative reports, Air Force officials decided that the revolvers were not suitable for issue, and the model was withdrawn from service, all but a few examples being crushed or destroyed. We work hard to bring the best gun discussion! Once you locate the serial number, then you are able to do some research and find out a little history on your gun. A few J-frame models started out as being offered in only. Don't know about the internet, but I have a book. These mid-size revolvers have also been offered with long 6-inch barrels for target models, and 3-inch, 2. This improved hammer block is still utilized in today's commercial Smith and Wesson revolvers. About the Author A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California.
With the cut barrel, the caliber stamping is likely no longer readable. They were brought in by the boatload as surplus and modified in an attempt to make them more attractive to U. I still am working up the nerve to go back and put some. After persistent reports on cylinder and frame failure with the M13 and its counterpart, the , the Air Force attempted to remedy the issue by issuing a dedicated low-pressure. Just to the right of the acceptance mark W.
It at least one case a gun has a 5-screw serial and was built as a 4-screw gun. Its pretty rusty but I believe salvagable. The absence of the front lug under the barrel for the ejector rod means the barrel has been cut. A powerful and economical pistol. Serial numbers should be matching on all revolvers. There is some dispute regarding the dates on some serial numbers and your gun may actually be a year off from what is listed.
Click to enlarge Also similar to the K-frame revolvers, the L-frame model numbers are determined by sights, finish, and frame material. Army Ordnance through the lend lease program to Britain for distribution. The serial numbers have no letters, it has a lanyard strap in the grip butt and Trade Mark is on the right side. It's basically worth what someone wants to pay for a crippled old. Stainless can refer to the polished or matte stainless steel revolvers, or alloy revolvers with a silver matte finish that mimics the stainless steel look.
The safest course with the Model 36 is to stick with standard pressure loads if you choose to shoot it. The later models added a full underlug to the barrel. Not looking for value as it is sentimental. I cleaned it I thought and took it to the range. The serial number is usually on the bottom of the grip frame. With proper care, should last several lifetimes.
I've acquired an old pocket pistol and was curious as to the age. There have been three major series of. It still can be a little tough to nail down a specific year without a factory letter, because Smith did not always produce guns in serial number order. You may have to remove the grips to see it. Tell me the caliber, identifying marks, serial number. I need to know what caliber it is and approximate mfg.
Navy marked pistols usually have none. For a complete listing see the books referenced below. You can see the plugged hole where the lanyard swivel was attached. I'll check the cylinder bore diameter and barrel bore. Serial numbers are located on Inside right grip, frame butt, Cylinder, extractor star, and bottom of barrel. I got it for my wife in about 1992.
Navy orders you will find no acceptance marks on the original two contracts they placed. I have talked to many ex-military personnel that carried them as late as the 1980s, as you can see these pistols played a significant part of our history. They will usually have no property marks. One note: Best practice is to unload the revolver before photographing it. I think he bought it in the late 60s- early 70s.